Recap: NY Mets vs. Pittsburgh

 

The Sports Network

Flushing, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Behind Bartolo Colon's best start of the season, the New York Mets claimed their first series win at home in a month by coming away with a 5-0 triumph over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Colon (4-5) racked up a season-best nine strikeouts -- including the 2,000th of his career -- while limiting the Pirates to five hits and a walk over 7 1/3 sharp innings.

David Wright and Lucas Duda supplied the offense to help the Mets take the rubber match of the three-game set, with Wright finishing 2-for-3 with a homer and two RBI and Duda belting a two-run shot and scoring twice.

Hurt by four walks and a pair of Pittsburgh errors, Pirates starter Charlie Morton (1-7) was dealt the loss after being reached for three runs -- two earned -- over 5 1/3 innings.

Morton's inconsistency in finding the strike zone was most evident in the second inning, as he issued a leadoff walk to Duda and a pair of wild pitches -- the second of which brought in the game's first run with two out and the non- threatening Colon at the plate.

Poor defense behind him led to another New York run an inning later. A pair of errors on a routine ground ball -- third baseman Pedro Alvarez threw wildly to first and shortstop Jordy Mercer dropped the throw to second -- put Daniel Murphy in position to score on Wright's single to left for a 2-0 lead.

"The defense hasn't been good, we've been challenged," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. "It's been one of our staples."

Wright extended the margin with a leadoff homer in the sixth, and Duda crushed a Bryan Morris fastball off the second deck facade in right with Curtis Granderson aboard in the eighth to lengthen the Mets' advantage to 5-0.

"I'm enjoying the home runs there, it's kind of instant offense," Wright said. "I judge my at-bats and I judge my production by other things than just home runs."

Colon didn't need the help, however. The veteran right-hander didn't allow a runner past second base at any point of his stint and yielded a mere three hits prior to consecutive singles from Neil Walker and Andrew McCutchen that chased him with one out in the top of the eighth.

Jeurys Familia got former Met Ike Davis to ground into a double play, however, then polished off the shutout in the ninth to notch his first save of the season.

Game Notes

Read more Baseball Wires stories from the Miami Herald

  •  
Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (2) grimaces as he walks back to the dugout after grounding out to end the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh Saturday, July 19, 2014. Tulowitzki left the game.

    Big league batting leader Troy Tulowitzki on DL

    Major league batting leader Troy Tulowitzki has been placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Colorado Rockies because of a left hip flexor strain.

  • Rockies SS Tulowitzki heads to DL

    Denver, CO (SportsNetwork.com) - The Colorado Rockies placed All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday.

  •  
Los Angeles Dodgers' Hanley Ramirez (13) grimaces in pain, as he is attended to by a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers training staff, after being hit in the hand by a pitch in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Sunday, July 20, 2014, in St. Louis. The Dodgers won 4-3.

    Puig, Ramirez out again for Dodgers

    The Los Angeles Dodgers held injured outfielder Yasiel Puig and shortstop Hanley Ramirez out of the starting lineup for Tuesday night's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, but manager Don Mattingly doesn't believe either player needs to go on the disabled list.

Join the
Discussion

The Miami Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

The Miami Herald uses Facebook's commenting system. You need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment. If you have questions about commenting with your Facebook account, click here.

Have a news tip? You can send it anonymously. Click here to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald.

Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

  • Marketplace

Today's Circulars

  • Quick Job Search

Enter Keyword(s) Enter City Select a State Select a Category